Journal #2: Mentor Interview

For the interview, I chose to talk to Evan Rice, a second-year English major from Wooster, Ohio. This is his second year in the Architecture, Landscape and City-Planning scholars, and he chose to become a mentor after having a great experience his first year. Finding him wasn’t that difficult, he also lives in Torres a couple floors above, and can definitely vouch that ALC scholars have one of the best locations on campus. Evan loves to play soccer and is a part of a couple intramural teams here on campus. In high school, he was in the band and played the alto-saxophone. One of his favorite things to do in his free time is reading. He had a lot of good book recommendations and we definitely found some similar opinions about different series and authors. I learned the Great Gatsby is his favorite book, also ranking high on my list.
Evan has changed majors a couple times, and assured me thats its something that is totally fine to do to explore and learn about your interests. Originally starting out with Architecture, he changed his second semester to Graphic Design. After not being fully satisfied with either, he decided to try English and seems to have found the perfect fit. He said that certain English classes he took in high school sparked his interest.
Evan says that his overall favorite experience being in the scholars program is all the amazing people he has been able to meet. He didn’t just meet his roommate, but a group of friends he will continue to grow with throughout the years. Being in a scholars program at the beginning of the year helped him meet new people easily and take part in many fun events such as the Greek Fest and attending presentations by famous architects.
Looking back at freshman year, I asked Evan if there was anything he wish he would’ve known. He said just being aware of all the resources available and how to take advantage of them. There is so much to do on campus, and such a wide variety of interests represented.
His favorite study spot on campus is definitely Thompson Library, a pretty popular location. When he’s not doing his work there, he likes to do it at his desk back at Torres. Connecting Grounds is another one of his favorite spots, being so conveniently located on North campus.
I had a great time getting to know Evan a little more, and look forward to seeing my mentors again sometime soon. Right now our group is planning on going to dinner in the next couple of weeks to catch up and enjoy some good food!

Year in Review

[ “Year in Review”  is where you should reflect on the past year and show how you have evolved as a person and as a student.  You may want to focus on your growth in a particular area (as a leader, scholar, researcher, etc.) or you may want to talk about your overall experience over the past year.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

G.O.A.L.S.

[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.

  • Global Awareness: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc.
  • Original Inquiry: Honors & Scholars students understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community. For example, consider research, creative productions or performances, advanced course work, etc.
  • Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
  • Leadership Development: Honors & Scholars students develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.
  • Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.]

Career

[“Career” is where you can collect information about your experiences and skills that will apply to your future career.  Like your resume, this is information that will evolve over time and should be continually updated.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

Artifacts

[Artifacts are the items you consider to be representative of your academic interests and achievements. For each entry, include both an artifact and a detailed annotation.  An annotation includes both a description of the artifact and a reflection on why it is important to you, what you learned, and what it means for your next steps.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me

My name is Meredith Stewart and I am currently a freshman at The Ohio State University. I’m majoring in Neuroscience on a pre-med track. I have the opportunity to be a part of the Architecture, Landscape, and City Planning Scholars, and live in the Torres residence hall with my fellow members. I’m from Columbus, Ohio and have lived here my whole life. I’ve gotten to experience many great things this city has to offer, while continuously getting involved in new projects that truly make it home. I love exploring different areas and trying new things. My intention in choosing a scholars program very different from my major is for self-growth and to balance my interests. I’m very interested in scientific research, and am excited to be able to take advantage of all the resources available at the university. I plan on getting involved in many different things on campus including community service, and continuing my love for classical piano.